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Mountain Lions keep it close against Soap Lake, fall to Oroville

Mountain Lions keep it close against Soap Lake, fall to Oroville

The Liberty Bell High School boys’ basketball team employed a stingy defense that made Soap Lake work hard for most of its points, but the Eagles kept just enough distance to register a 45-34 win on the Mountain Lions’ home court on Friday (Dec. 16). Coupled with a 60-23 loss to Oroville earlier …
Ski Rodeo set for Dec. 28 in Winthrop; obstacle course and relay are new

Ski Rodeo set for Dec. 28 in Winthrop; obstacle course and relay are new

The Methow Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation will host its annual ski rodeo — featuring Nordic events for all ages at several distances — next Wednesday (Dec. 28) at the Winthrop Town Trailhead. Races will be offered at 1, 2.5, 5 and 10 kilometers. New this year is a three-by-1K relay race, and an obstacle course with challenging bumps...
Nordic team takes on cold temps, demanding course

Nordic team takes on cold temps, demanding course

Ten members of the Methow Valley Nordic Team (MVNT) headed to Rossland, B.C., last weekend for a three-day mini tour at the Black Jack ski area – where it was even colder than in the Methow Valley. “Thankfully the weather stayed just warm enough and the skiers were able to compete as planned all three...
Biathlon team does well at West Kelowna competition

Biathlon team does well at West Kelowna competition

The Methow Valley Biathlon Team traveled to West Kelowna, B.C., to compete in two races this past weekend at the Telemark Ski Area. About 100 biathletes competed in a sprint race on Saturday and a pursuit on Sunday, both in cold, challenging conditions, coach Betsy Smith reported. Saturday sprint results: Juveniles 2.5K, Alex Tareski placed...
Lady Lions return four starters, top scorers from last year’s lineup

Lady Lions return four starters, top scorers from last year’s lineup

Experience will be an important factor this season for the Liberty Bell High School varsity girls’ basketball team, which returns four starters from last year’s squad. Leading scorers Lauren Fitzmaurice (12 points …
Boys will counter inexperience with more-aggressive defense

Boys will counter inexperience with more-aggressive defense

The Liberty Bell High School boys’ varsity basketball team will have a decidedly new look this year, and along with that comes some uncertainty. The Mountain Lions lost an average of 34 points a game with…
Competition begins soon for MV Nordic Team

Competition begins soon for MV Nordic Team

The Methow Valley Nordic Team is off to a fast start for the 2016-17 competitive skiing season, team director Leslie Hall said this week. Hall said that about 100 young skiers have signed up for the popular program. “Dry land training has been taking place throughout November and a crew of skiers recently returned from...
Mountain Lion wrestlers take to the mat with new coach

Mountain Lion wrestlers take to the mat with new coach

The Liberty Bell High School wrestling team starts the new season under a new coach: Jonathan McMillan, a Liberty Bell graduate who was an assistant under coach Gunnar Doggett last year. McMillan was a three-time qualifier for the state wrestling meet as a Mountain Lion and is part of a family that has produced several...
Progress made on facility improvements at Mazama Corral Trailhead

Progress made on facility improvements at Mazama Corral Trailhead

Work is progressing on a project to upgrade facilities at the Mazama Corral Trailhead, Methow Trails Executive Director James DeSalvo said this week. Grading, utility, and landscape work is currently underway that will eventually bring improved amenities and increased capacity to the popular trailhead, which currently serves over 15,000 users annually, DeSalvo said in a...
Free skating at grand opening celebration for Winthrop Rink this week

Free skating at grand opening celebration for Winthrop Rink this week

The Winthrop Rink will host its official grand opening on Thursday (Dec.1) to celebrate the completion of a long-dreamt-of project to install permanent ice-making equipment at the facility. The new refrigeration system began operating in early November and the ice surface, complete …